“I thought I’d stop by.”
She kept staring, and he saw the cogs turning in her head. “My dad on Wednesday, my mother on Thursday, Daisy yesterday, and now you. Duke’s put you all on duty to take care of me, hasn’t he?”
“He’s worried about you.”
“No, he’s being overprotective. You guys have far more interesting things to do than taking care of me.” She folded her arms over her chest.
“You can stare at me all you want. I’m doing exactly what the Prez says.”
“And you’re all about taking orders?” Sarcasm dripped from her voice.
“Say what you like, Hols. Everyone is looking forward to the brat being born.” The entire club was looking forward to it. Duke couldn’t stop showing off the ultrasound photos.
“I can’t wait for it to be out. Look at me, I’m the size of a tank.” She ran her hand over her swollen stomach.
Holly had always been a fuller woman, but she didn’t look like the size of a tank. The clothes she wore graced her curves, emphasizing her prominent bump. She looked sexy yet motherly. Being married to Drake suited her.
“You’re fine.” He sat down at the stool. “Why is it women forget they’re carrying another human being? You’re not going to stay the same shape with another human inside you.”
“Easy for you to say. Men have it bloody easy. They screw us, get an orgasm out of it, and don’t have to carry a big lump for nine months. You guys don’t have to worry about the morning sickness, sore nipples, feeling horny, or the swollen ankles.” She stuck her lip out.
“We suffer with being horny. I’m sure Duke’s keeping you well satisfied.”
“Keep it up and I’ll get Duke to kick your ass.”
Raoul chuckled then stopped to look at Holly. “We’re good right? You and me?”
“Yeah, we’re good. Why?”
“I know shit wasn’t normal between us, and I really want to apologize for what I did to you.” On her prom night, Raoul had taken her on a date and claimed her virginity. Instead of keeping that piece of information to himself, he’d told the entire club. After he got his ass kicked by Russ, who’d been the Trojans MC president at the time, everything had gone back to normal. Holly had never been the same with him again.
“It’s water under the bridge. We slept together. Duke knows about it. There’s nothing between us. Besides, I think between my father, the boys at the club, and Duke, you’ve more than made up for it.” She shrugged. “We’re good.”
He was pleased. “So, why were you beating the shit out of the saucepan?”
She released another growl. “I’m trying to get a caramel to softly set, but the heat just makes it rock hard. I think I’m either not doing enough to start off with or I’ve got to be patient. I don’t know. I’m cursing the big belly. I can’t move as fast because I’m waddling like a damn penguin.”
It wasn’t that bad, but he kept his opinions to himself.
“Is there anything I can do?”
“No.” She turned the tap on immersing the pan in water.
“Have you heard from Mary?”
She nodded, smiling. “She’s having the time of her life with Pike all to herself. She’s loving it. Anything going on at the club?”
“Nothing. We’re all waiting for the squirt to drop.”
“Duke’s already told me he’s not going on any more runs. I’m really pleased. If he was away on club business and I went into labor without him, I’d be so pissed.” She placed her hand on her stomach. “We want Daddy home, don’t we?”
Raoul chuckled. “He’s going to be home for a while. He’ll not leave your side until he knows you’re safe and protected.”
Holly’s cheeks turned a deep red. She really did glow from the pregnancy.
“While you’re here, you may as well put those muscles to good use. Please wash the dishes. I’ll make sure there’s a great big slice of chocolate cake in it for you.”
He didn’t need to be told twice. Chocolate cake was his favorite. For the next hour he had his arms in hot water and bubbles to remove the burnt on caramel. This was pure torture. Caramel wasn’t designed to come off pans easily. He listened to Holly talk about everything. He discovered Matthew was mostly doing great at school but flunking math. Duke was freaking out when she’d wake in the middle of the night to take a pee. There was a hell of a lot of shit Raoul was finding out that he actually didn’t want to know about.
Once he finished with the caramel stuck pan, he finished the rest of the dishes, which earned him a chocolate cake as a reward.